December 30, 2014

Tuesday's Number: $218,138

Tuesday is the day my local paper, the Syracuse Post-Standard, publishes the weekly business section. In addition to special features, tips from stock experts, budgeting advice and the like, we get the judgment and bankruptcy listings.

Each week, I track health care related filings. I include anything that is clearly a debt owed to a hospital, nursing home, physician or physician group, medical supplier, and so on; I do not include filings by insurance companies, many of which are so diversified it would not be a fair assumption that the filing is related to medical care or health insurance.

·         This week, there were 14 new judgments to hospitals, doctors, or other medical providers totaling $177,722.

·         There were two satisfied judgments, for $40,416.

·         And there were no health care related bankruptcies.

New this year, I’m tracking filings for each of the four Syracuse hospitals. Here’s the breakdown for this week:

·         Crouse had four, totaling $35,652
·         St Joe’s had four, for $90,701
·         SUNY Upstate had seven, totaling $64,262
·         Community General, a part of Upstate, had none.

The paper publishes only those accounts of at least $5,000.